|V for Vendetta|
Promotional poster for V for Vendetta
|Directed by||James McTeigue|
|Produced by||Joel Silver|
|Written by||Comic Book:|
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Ludwig van Beethoven
|Editing by||Martin Walsh|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Release date(s)||United States:|
March 17, 2006
March 30, 2006
|Running time||132 min. James McTeigue is an Australian Film director. Born in Tauranga, New Zealand, he grew up in Collaroy Plateau, a suburb on the Northern Beaches Joel Silver (born July 14, 1952) is an American Hollywood Film producer and inventor of the sport of Ultimate. Silver Pictures is a movie Production company founded by Hollywood producer Joel Silver in 1985 Biography Andy and Larry Wachowski were born to a Polish-American family in Chicago. Alan Moore (born November 18 1953 in Northampton) is an English Writer most famous for his influential work in Comics, including the acclaimed David Lloyd (born 1950 is a British Comics artist best known as the Illustrator of the Graphic novel V for Vendetta, written by Biography Andy and Larry Wachowski were born to a Polish-American family in Chicago. Natalie Portman (נטלי פורטמן born Natalie Hershlag June 9 1981 is an Israeli American Actress. Hugo Wallace Weaving (born 4 April 1960 is a Nigerian-born English, although naturalised Australian film stage and voice actor best known for films such as Stephen Rea (born Graham Rea on October 31, 1946) is an Irish Actor, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957 is an English Humorist, Writer, Wit, Actor, Novelist, filmmaker John Vincent Hurt, CBE (born 22 January 1940 is an English Actor. Dario Marianelli (born May 25, 1963 in Pisa, Italy) is a Golden Globe -winning Academy Award -winning Composer of Ludwig van Beethoven ( English ˈlʊdvɪg væn ˈbeɪtoʊvən, 16 December 1770 &ndash 26 March 1827 was a German Composer and Pianist. Adrian Biddle, BSC (born on 20 July 1952 in Woolwich, London &ndash 7 December 2005 in London) was an Martin Walsh (born 8 November, 1955 in Manchester England) is a Film editor who won the Academy Award for Film Editing and the Warner Bros Entertainment Inc (or Warner Bros, Warner Bros Pictures) is one of the world's largest producers of Film and The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Events 45 BC - In his last victory Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Events 240 BC - 1st recorded Perihelion passage of Halley's Comet. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.|
V for Vendetta is a 2006 action-thriller directed by James McTeigue and produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski brothers, who also wrote the screenplay. The year 2006 in film involved some significant events Releases of sequels took place with Superman Returns, Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest Action movies are a Film genre where action sequences such as fights, Shootouts Stunts Car chases or explosions either take precedence The thriller is a broad Genre of Literature, Film, Gaming and Television. A film director, or filmmaker, is a person who directs the making of a Film. James McTeigue is an Australian Film director. Born in Tauranga, New Zealand, he grew up in Collaroy Plateau, a suburb on the Northern Beaches Joel Silver (born July 14, 1952) is an American Hollywood Film producer and inventor of the sport of Ultimate. Biography Andy and Larry Wachowski were born to a Polish-American family in Chicago. See also Pre-production Screenwriting A screenplay or script is a written plan authored by a Screenwriter, for a Film or Television The film is an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. A V for Vendetta is a ten-issue Comic book Alan Moore (born November 18 1953 in Northampton) is an English Writer most famous for his influential work in Comics, including the acclaimed David Lloyd (born 1950 is a British Comics artist best known as the Illustrator of the Graphic novel V for Vendetta, written by Set in London, England in a near-future dystopian society, the film follows the mysterious V, a freedom fighter seeking to effect sociopolitical change while simultaneously pursuing his own violent personal vendetta. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος alternatively cacotopia, kakotopia, cackotopia, or anti-utopia) is the vision of a society V is a Fictional character from the Comic book series V for Vendetta, created by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Freedom fighter is a term to describe those that engage in a struggle to achieve freedom for themselves or to free others in some matter Politics Politics is the process by which groups of people make decisions A feud (ˈfjuːd (referred to in more extreme cases as a blood feud or vendetta) is a long-running argument or fight between parties&mdashoften through Guilt The film stars Natalie Portman as Evey Hammond, Hugo Weaving as V, Stephen Rea as Inspector Finch and John Hurt as Chancellor Sutler. Natalie Portman (נטלי פורטמן born Natalie Hershlag June 9 1981 is an Israeli American Actress. Evey Hammond is a Fictional character in the V for Vendetta Comic book series (created by Alan Moore and David Lloyd Hugo Wallace Weaving (born 4 April 1960 is a Nigerian-born English, although naturalised Australian film stage and voice actor best known for films such as V is a Fictional character from the Comic book series V for Vendetta, created by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Stephen Rea (born Graham Rea on October 31, 1946) is an Irish Actor, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his Chief Inspector Eric Finch is a fictional character from the graphic novel V for Vendetta. John Vincent Hurt, CBE (born 22 January 1940 is an English Actor. Adam James Susan is a Fictional character in the Comic book series (later
The film was originally scheduled for release by Warner Bros. Pictures Friday, November 4, 2005 (a day before the 400th Guy Fawkes Night), but was delayed; it opened on March 17, 2006. Warner Bros Entertainment Inc (or Warner Bros, Warner Bros Pictures) is one of the world's largest producers of Film and Events 1333 - Flood of the Arno River, causing massive damage in Florence as recorded by the Florentine chronicler Giovanni Villani Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Guy Fawkes Night (also known as Bonfire Night, Cracker Night, Fireworks Night) is an annual celebration on the evening of the 5th of November Events 45 BC - In his last victory Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Alan Moore, facing his disappointment in both From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, refused to view the film and subsequently distanced himself from it. From Hell is a 2001 film based on the Graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a 2003 film loosely based on the Comic book Limited series of the same name. The filmmakers removed many of the anarchist themes and drug references present in the original story and also altered the political message to what they believed would be more relevant to a 2006 audience. Anarchism is a Political philosophy encompassing theories and attitudes which support the elimination of all compulsory Government, i The illegal drug trade or drug trafficking is a global Black market consisting of the cultivation manufacture distribution and sale of illegal Drugs
In the near future, Britain is ruled by a totalitarian regime, led by the Norsefire party. Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a concept used to describe Political systems where a State regulates nearly every aspect of public and private Norsefire is the fictional fascist Political party ruling the United Kingdom in Alan Moore and David Lloyd 's V for Evey Hammond, a young woman, is rescued from harassment by state police by a masked vigilante who introduces himself as "V". V then takes Evey to a rooftop location to witness his spectacular destruction of the Old Bailey, accompanied by Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. The Central Criminal Court in England, commonly known as the Old Bailey, is a court Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the Festival Overture "The Year 1812" in E major, Op The regime explains the incident to the public as a planned demolition, but this is shown to be a lie when V takes over the state-run British Television Network (BTN) the same day. He broadcasts a message urging the people of Britain to rise up against the oppressive government on November 5 (Guy Fawkes Night); one year from that day, when V says he will destroy the Houses of Parliament. Guy Fawkes Night (also known as Bonfire Night, Cracker Night, Fireworks Night) is an annual celebration on the evening of the 5th of November
Evey, who works at the BTN, helps V to escape, but in doing so, puts herself in danger. V saves Evey by bringing her to his lair, where she is told that she must stay in hiding with him for a year. She reluctantly stays for some time, but upon learning that V is killing government officials, she escapes to the home of one of her superiors, Gordon Deitrich, who is also a good friend (and, unlike in the comic, a homosexual who has hidden his true nature for fear of being arrested). However, the state police raid Gordon's home shortly afterwards in response to Gordon satirizing the High Chancellor in his talk show. Evey is captured as she tries to escape. She is incarcerated and tortured for days, including having her head shaved, finding solace only in notes left by another prisoner, Valerie. Evey is eventually told that she will be executed unless she reveals V's whereabouts. An exhausted Evey says she would rather die, and, surprisingly, is then released. V then reveals himself to have been her captor. Though at first angry against him for this torture, Evey comes to realize that having faced her own death, she can now live without fear. She leaves V, promising to return before November 5.
Meanwhile, Chief Inspector Finch, while investigating V's activities, learns how Norsefire came to power, and about V’s origins. Twenty years previously, Britain had suffered from war and terrorism due to their assistance in the War on Terror. The War on Terrorism (also known as the War on Terror) is the common term for the military political and legal, and ideological conflict and specifically for U The socially-conservative and openly fascist Norsefire party led a reactionary purge to restore order; so-called enemies of the state disappeared during the night. The country was deeply divided over these events until a bioterrorist attack occurred, killing about 100,000 people (80,000 to be exact according to an article Finch is seen reading on his office computer). For the use of biological agents in warfare see Biological warfare. A pharmaceutical company owned by Norsefire soon discovered a cure to the virus, netting them vast wealth from its distribution. This wealth, combined with the fear generated by the attack, allowed Norsefire to silence all opposition and win the next election by a landslide. With the silent consent of the people, Norsefire turned Britain into a bigoted totalitarian police state, with their leader Adam Sutler as High Chancellor. The term police state describes a State in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social economic and political
However, the attack had actually been engineered by Norsefire as a plot to gain power. The virus - along with its cure - had been engineered through human experimentation on "social deviants" and political dissidents at Larkhill detention centre. Human subject research (HSR or human subject use (HSU involves the use of human beings as research subjects Larkhill ( is a village in Wiltshire, England, on the edge of Salisbury Plain. Among them was the man who would become V. Although all the other test subjects died from the experiments, he gained heightened mental and physical abilities at the cost of significant physical and mental disfigurement. These abilities enabled V to destroy the centre and escape, vowing to take revenge on Norsefire's regime.
From this revelation, the inspector predicts the chain of coming events. Narrated by him, he explains the brilliance of V's plan. His manipulation, hidden agenda, and finally the shipping out hundreds of thousands of Guy Fawkes masks and cloaks to homes throughout Britain. The sheer number of these masks means anyone wearing one is effectively unidentifiable despite constant video surveillance, enabling people to act anonymously for the first time since Norsefire came to power. One man wears his mask while committing a crime, robbing a store and yelling "Anarchy in the U.K." as he departs; a reference to the Sex Pistols song as well as to the V of the comic book who thought himself more of an anarchist than a freedom fighter. " Anarchy in the UK " is the title of the first single by Sex Pistols, released on November 26 1976. The Sex Pistols are an English Punk rock band that formed in London in 1975 A young girl wears her mask while committing peaceful protest, spray-painting V's symbol over suitable targets such as Norsefire posters, and is eventually shot by one of the secret police. The shooter is then lynched by angry citizens regardless of his badge and gun; a catalyst for further rebellion. Lynching is an Extrajudicial punishment meted out by a mob Lynching an enumerated Felony in some states in the United States, is defined by some
As November the fifth nears, V's various schemes cause chaos in Britain and the population grows more and more intolerant and subversive towards government authority. Subversion refers to an attempt to overthrow structures of Authority, including the State. On the eve of November 5, Evey again visits V, who shows her a subway train that he has filled with explosives in order to destroy Parliament through an explosion in the abandoned London Underground. The London Underground is a Metro system serving a large part of Greater London and neighbouring areas of Essex, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire He delegates the destruction of Parliament to Evey, believing that the ultimate decision was not his to make, but hers. He then leaves to meet Party leader Creedy, who, as part of an earlier agreement, has agreed to bring V the Chancellor in exchange for V's surrender. Creedy kills the Chancellor in front of V, but V does not surrender. He takes a barrage of bullets from a dozen men, and remains standing thanks to a hidden armour plate he is wearing and his super human strength gained from the experiment. He then proceeds to kill Creedy's men before they can reload, then strangles Creedy himself despite being shot six more times - just as he promised. V, mortally wounded in the fight, returns to Evey. He confesses his love to her, thanks her, and then dies. Evey then places his body upon the train with the explosives (in the graphic novel he asked on his deathbed to be placed in the train, as he wanted a viking funeral, but no mention of this request is made in the film).
Evey is about to send the train down the track, when she is discovered by Inspector Finch. However, Finch, having learned much about the corruption of the Norsefire regime, allows Evey to proceed. Meanwhile, thousands of Londoners, all wearing Guy Fawkes masks, march on Parliament to watch the event. Guy Fawkes ( 13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606) sometimes known as Guido Fawkes, was a member of a group of English Because Creedy and the Chancellor are dead, the military stands down in the face of a civil rebellion. Parliament is destroyed by the explosion. On a nearby rooftop Evey and Finch watch the scene together, and Finch asks who V was. Evey answers by saying that he is all the people of Britain (The camera shows the crowd again as they remove their Guy Fawkes masks and reveal characters from the film, including deceased characters such as the young girl, Gordon, Valerie and Ruth).
The film was made by many of the same filmmakers involved in the Matrix trilogy. In 1988, producer Joel Silver acquired the rights to two of Alan Moore's works: V for Vendetta and Watchmen. Alan Moore (born November 18 1953 in Northampton) is an English Writer most famous for his influential work in Comics, including the acclaimed V for Vendetta is a ten-issue Comic book Watchmen is a twelve-issue Comic book Limited series written by Alan Moore, and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and John Higgins  The Wachowskis were fans of V for Vendetta and in the mid-1990s, before working on The Matrix, wrote a draft screenplay that closely followed the graphic novel. The Matrix is a 1999 science fiction - martial arts - Action film written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski and During the post-production of the second and third Matrix films, they revisited the screenplay and offered the director's role to James McTeigue. James McTeigue is an Australian Film director. Born in Tauranga, New Zealand, he grew up in Collaroy Plateau, a suburb on the Northern Beaches All three were intrigued by the themes of the original story and found them to be relevant to the current political landscape. Upon revisiting the screenplay, the Wachowskis set about making revisions to condense and modernize the story, while at the same time attempting to preserve its integrity and themes.  James McTeigue cites the film The Battle of Algiers as his principal influence in preparing to film V for Vendetta. The Battle of Algiers (La battaglia di Algeri is a 1966 Black-and-white film by Gillo Pontecorvo based on events during the 1954-1962 Algerian 
Moore explicitly disassociated himself from the film due to his lack of involvement in its writing or directing, as well as due to a continuing series of disputes over film adaptations of his work.  He ended cooperation with his publisher, DC Comics, after its corporate parent, Warner Bros., failed to retract statements about Moore's supposed endorsement of the film. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company Warner Bros Entertainment Inc (or Warner Bros, Warner Bros Pictures) is one of the world's largest producers of Film and Moore said that the script contained plot holes and that it ran contrary to the theme of his original work, which was to place two political extremes (fascism and anarchism) against one another. Fascism is a totalitarian nationalist and corporatist ideology Anarchism is a Political philosophy encompassing theories and attitudes which support the elimination of all compulsory Government, i He argues his work had been recast as a story about "current American neo-conservatism vs. Neoconservatism (or Neocon is a Right-wing political philosophy that emerged in the United States from the rejection of the Social liberalism, Moral relativism current American liberalism". Liberalism in the United States is a broad political and philosophical mindset favoring individual Liberty, and opposing restrictions on liberty whether they come from  As per his wishes, Moore's name does not appear in the film's closing credits. Co-creator and illustrator David Lloyd supports the film adaptation, commenting that the script is very good and that Moore would only ever be truly happy with a complete book-to-screen adaptation. David Lloyd (born 1950 is a British Comics artist best known as the Illustrator of the Graphic novel V for Vendetta, written by 
V for Vendetta was filmed in London, UK, and in Potsdam, Germany, at Babelsberg Studios. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Also see Potsdam New York (in the USA For the Potsdam Conference see Potsdam Conference. Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. The Babelsberg Studios, located in Potsdam - Babelsberg, Germany, is the oldest large-scale film studio in the world Much of the film was shot on sound stages and indoor sets, with location work done in Berlin for three scenes: the Norsefire rally flashback, Larkhill, and Bishop Lilliman's bedroom. A sound stage is a soundproof Hangar -like structure building or room used for the production of theatrical motion pictures and Television shows Berlin is the capital city and one of sixteen states of Germany. The scenes that took place in the abandoned London Underground were filmed at the disused Aldwych tube station. The London Underground is a Metro system serving a large part of Greater London and neighbouring areas of Essex, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire Aldwych tube station is a disused station formerly on the Piccadilly Line of the London Underground. Filming began in early March 2005 and principal photography officially wrapped in early June 2005.  V for Vendetta is the final film shot by cinematographer Adrian Biddle, who died of a heart attack on December 7, 2005. Adrian Biddle, BSC (born on 20 July 1952 in Woolwich, London &ndash 7 December 2005 in London) was an Events 43 BC - Marcus Tullius Cicero assassinated 1696 - Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
The film was designed to have a future-retro look, with a heavy use of grey tones to give a dreary, stagnant feel to totalitarian London. The largest set created for the film was the Shadow Gallery, which was made to feel like a cross between a crypt and an undercroft. An undercroft is traditionally a cellar or storage room often brick-lined and vaulted, and used for storage in buildings since Medieval times  The Gallery is V's home as well as the place where he stores various artifacts forbidden by the government. Some of the works of art displayed in the gallery include The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck, Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian, a Mildred Pierce poster, St. Sebastian by Andrea Mantegna, and The Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse. The Arnolfini Portrait is a Painting in oils on Oak Panel executed by the Early Netherlandish painter Jan van Jan van Eyck or Johannes de Eyck (jɑn vɑn ɛik (before c 1395 &ndash before July 9, 1441) was an Early Netherlandish painter active Bacchus and Ariadne (1520-23 is an Oil painting by Titian. It is one of a cycle of paintings on mythological subjects produced for Alfonso d'Este Tiziano Vecelli or Tiziano Vecellio (c 1485 &ndash August 27 1576 better known as Titian, was the leading painter of the 16th-century Venetian Mildred Pierce ( 1945) is a Warner Bros Feature film starring Joan Crawford, Ann Blyth, Jack Carson, Zachary The St Sebastian of Vienna It has been suggested that the picture was made after Mantegna had recovered from the plague in Padua (1456–1457 Andrea Mantegna (c 1431 &ndash September 13, 1506) was an Italian Renaissance artist a student of Roman Archeology, and son in law of "The Lady of Shalott" is a Victorian Poem or ballad by the English poet Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809&ndash1892 John William Waterhouse ( April 6, 1849 &ndash February 10, 1917) was an English Pre-Raphaelite painter most
One of the major challenges in the film was how to bring V to life from under an expressionless mask. Thus, considerable effort was made to bring together lighting, acting, and Weaving's voice to create the proper mood for the situation. In order to prevent the mask from muffling Weaving's voice, a microphone was placed in his hairline to aid post-production, when his entire dialogue was re-recorded. 
To film the final scene at Westminster, the area from Trafalgar Square and Whitehall up to Parliament and Big Ben had to be closed for three nights from midnight until 5 a. Westminster is an area of Central London, within the City of Westminster. Trafalgar Square is a square in central London, England. With its position in the heart of London it is a tourist attraction its trademark is Nelson's Whitehall is a road in Westminster in London, England. It is the main artery running north from Parliament Square, towards traditional The Clock Tower is the world's largest four-faced chiming Clock. m. This was the first time the security-sensitive area (home to 10 Downing Street and the Ministry of Defence) had ever been closed to accommodate filming. The Ministry of Defence ( MoD) is the United Kingdom government department responsible for implementation of government defence policy and is the headquarters  Prime Minister (at the time of filming) Tony Blair's son Euan Blair worked on the film's production and is said (according to an interview with Stephen Fry) to have helped the filmmakers obtain the unparalleled filming access. Anthony Charles Lynton "Tony" Blair (born 6 May 1953 is a British Politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2 May 1997 to Euan Anthony Blair (born 19 January 1984, London) is the eldest son of Cherie Blair and former British Prime Minister This drew criticism of Blair from MP David Davis due to the content of the film. A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a Parliament. David Michael Davis (born 23 December 1948 is a British Politician who is the Conservative Party Member of Parliament for the constituency of However, the makers of the film denied Euan Blair's involvement in the deal, stating that access was acquired through nine months of negotiations with 14 different government departments and agencies. 
The cast and film-makers attended several press conferences that allowed them to address issues surrounding the film, including its authenticity, Alan Moore's reaction to it and its intended political message. The responses given at the conferences made it clear that the film was intended to be a departure from some of Moore's original themes. In the words of Hugo Weaving: "Alan Moore was writing about something which happened some time ago. It was a response to living in Thatcherite England. Margaret Hilda Thatcher Baroness Thatcher LG, OM, PC, FRS (born 13 October 1925 . . This is a response to the world in which we live today. So I think that the film and the graphic novel are two separate entities. " Regarding the controversial political content in the film the filmmakers have said that the film is intended more to raise questions and add to a dialogue already present in society, rather than provide answers or tell viewers what to think. 
The film takes extensive imagery from the 1605 Gunpowder Plot, where a group of Catholic conspirators plotted to destroy the Houses of Parliament in order to spark a revolution in England. The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 or the Powder Treason, as it was known at the time was a failed Assassination attempt by a group of provincial English  The film was originally scheduled for release on the weekend of November 5, 2005, the 400th anniversary of the Plot, with the tag line "Remember, remember the 5th of November", taken from a traditional British rhyme memorialising the event. Events 1499 - Publication of the Catholicon in Treguier ( Brittany) Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. However, the marketing angle lost much of its value when the release date was pushed back to March 17, 2006. Events 45 BC - In his last victory Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Many have speculated that the delay was due to the London tube bombing on July 7 and the failed July 21 bombing. The 7 July 2005 London bombings (also called the 7/7 bombings) were a series of coordinated bomb blasts that hit London's public transport system during On 21 July, 2005, four attempted bomb attacks disrupted part of London 's Public transport system two weeks after the 7 July 2005 London  The film-makers have denied this, saying that the delays were from the need for more time in order to finish the visual effects production.  V for Vendetta had its first major premiere on February 13 at the Berlin Film Festival. Events 1258 - Baghdad falls to the Mongols, and the Abbasid Caliphate is destroyed The Berlin International Film Festival, also called the Berlinale, is one of the world's leading Film festivals and most reputable media events held in Berlin  It opened for general release on March 17, 2006 in 3,365 theatres in the United States, the United Kingdom and six other countries. Events 45 BC - In his last victory Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the 
The V for Vendetta soundtrack was released by Astralwerks Records on March 21, 2006. V for Vendetta is the soundtrack from the 2006 film V for Vendetta, released by Astralwerks Records on March 21, Astralwerks is a New York based Record label that releases primarily Electronic music. Events 630 - Byzantine emperor Heraclius restores the True Cross to Jerusalem. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The original scores from the film's composer, Dario Marianelli, make up most of the tracks on the album. Dario Marianelli (born May 25, 1963 in Pisa, Italy) is a Golden Globe -winning Academy Award -winning Composer of The soundtrack also features three vocals played during the film: "Cry Me a River" by Julie London, a cover of The Velvet Underground song, "I Found a Reason" by Cat Power and "Bird Gerhl" by Antony and the Johnsons. This article is about the original "Cry Me a River"For the song with the same title by Justin Timberlake see "Cry Me a River" (Justin Timberlake Julie London ( September 26, 1926 &ndash October 18, 2000) was an American singer and actress This article is about the band For their self-titled album see The Velvet Underground (album; for the book see The Velvet Underground (book Cat Power is the stage name of American Singer/songwriter Charlyn "Chan" Marshall (born Charlyn Marie Marshall on 21 January Antony and the Johnsons is a Mercury Prize -winning music act from New York City. As mentioned in the film, these songs are samples of the 872 blacklisted tracks on V's Wurlitzer jukebox that V "reclaimed" from the Ministry of Objectionable Materials. The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, usually referred to simply as Wurlitzer, is an American company formerly a producer of stringed instruments woodwind brass instruments The climax of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture appears at the end of the track "Knives and Bullets (and Cannons too)". Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the Festival Overture "The Year 1812" in E major, Op The Overture is played at key parts at the beginning and end of the film.
Three songs were played during the ending credits which were not included on the V for Vendetta soundtrack. The first was "Street Fighting Man" by The Rolling Stones. " Street Fighting Man " is a song by English Rock and roll band The Rolling Stones featured on their 1968 album Beggars Banquet The second was a special version of Ethan Stoller's "BKAB". Ethan Stoller is an American composer and producer from Chicago, Illinois In keeping with revolutionary tone of the film, excerpts from "On Black Power" by black nationalist leader Malcolm X, and from "Address to the Women of America" by feminist-writer Gloria Steinem were added to the song. Black nationalism (BN advocates a racial definition (or redefinition of black national identity as opposed to Multiculturalism. Malcolm X (born Malcolm Little; May 19 1925 February 21 1965 also known as El-Hajj Malik El- Shabazz, was an African American Gloria Marie Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist icon Journalist and women's rights advocate Gloria Steinem can be heard saying: "This is no simple reform. . . It really is a revolution. Sex and race, because they are easy and visible differences, have been the primary ways of organizing human beings into superior and inferior groups and into the cheap labour on which this system still depends. " The final song was "Out of Sight" by Spiritualized. Spiritualized are an English Space rock band formed in 1990 in Rugby Warwickshire by Jason Pierce (who often goes by the alias J
Also in the film were segments from two of Antonio Carlos Jobim's classic bossa nova songs, "The Girl From Ipanema" and "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars". Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim ( January 25, 1927 in Rio de Janeiro &ndash December 8, 1994 in Brazil) also Bossa nova ( is a style of Brazilian music popularized by Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes and João Gilberto. " The Girl from Ipanema " (" Garota de Ipanema " is a well-known Bossa nova Song, a worldwide hit in the mid-1960s that won a Grammy " Corcovado " (known in English as " Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars " is a Bossa nova song written by Antonio Carlos Jobim. These songs were played during the "breakfast scenes" with V and Deitrich and were one of the ways used to tie the two characters together. Beethoven's Symphony No.5 also plays an important role in the film, with the first four notes of the song signifying the letter "V" in Morse code. Ludwig van Beethoven 's Symphony No 5 in C minor Op 67 was written in 1804–08 Morse code is a Character encoding for transmitting telegraphic information using standardized sequences of short and long elements to represent the letters numerals  Gordon Deitrich's Benny Hill-styled comedy sketch of Chancellor Sutler includes the "Yakety Sax" theme. Alfred Hawthorne Hill ( 21 January 1924 &ndash 19 April 1992) better known as Benny Hill, was a prolific English " Yakety Sax " is a 1963 45 rpm single written by Boots Randolph and James Q Inspector Finch's alarm clock begins the morning of 4 November with the song "Long Black Train" by Richard Hawley, which contains the foreshadowing lyrics "Ride the long black train. Events 1333 - Flood of the Arno River, causing massive damage in Florence as recorded by the Florentine chronicler Giovanni Villani Richard Hawley (born Richard Willis Hawley, 17 January 1967, Sheffield, England) is a Guitarist, Singer, Foreshadowing is a literary device in which an Author drops subtle hints about plot developments to come later in the story. . . take me home black train. "
V for Vendetta sets the Gunpowder Plot as V's historical inspiration, contributing to his choice of timing, language and appearance.  For example, the names Rokewood, Percy and Keyes are used in the film, which are also the names of three of the Gunpowder conspirators. Sir Ambrose Rokewood (c 1578 &ndash January 31 1606) was one of the principal members of the abortive 1605 Gunpowder Plot conspiracy to Sir Thomas Percy (born c 1560 died November 8, 1605) related by birth to the House of Percy, was one of the members of the Gunpowder Plot Robert Keyes was one of the conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot, an unsuccessful attempt by a group of English Roman Catholics to blow-up Westminster Palace The film creates parallels to Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo, by drawing direct comparisons between V and Edmond Dantès. The Count of Monte Cristo ( Le Comte de Monte-Cristo) is an Adventure novel by Alexandre Dumas père. Edmond Dantès is the Protagonist and Title character of Alexandre Dumas père 's novel The Count of Monte Cristo. (In both stories, the hero escapes an unjust and traumatic imprisonment and spends decades preparing to take vengeance on his oppressors under a new persona. A persona, in the word's everyday usage is a social Role or a character played by an Actor. ) The film is also explicit in portraying V as the embodiment of an idea rather than an individual through V's dialogue and by depicting him without a past, identity or face. According to the Official Website, "V’s use of the Guy Fawkes mask and persona functions as both practical and symbolic elements of the story. He wears the mask to hide his physical scars, and in obscuring his identity, V becomes more than just a man with a revolutionary idea – he becomes the idea itself":
As noted by several critics and commentators, the film’s story and style mirrors elements from Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera. Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux ( 6 May, 1868, Paris France &ndash 15 April, 1927) was a French Journalist The Phantom of the Opera (in French, Le Fantôme de l'Opéra) is a French Novel by Gaston Leroux.  V and the Phantom both wear masks to hide their disfigurements, employ roses, control others through the leverage of their imaginations, have tragic pasts, and are motivated by revenge. V and Evey’s relationship also parallels many of the romantic elements of the Phantom of the Opera, where the masked Phantom takes Christine Daaé to his subterranean lair to reeducate her. Christine Daae is the main female character in Gaston Leroux 's novel The Phantom of the Opera (1910 the young singer with whom the main character 
As a film about the struggle between freedom and the state, V for Vendetta takes imagery from many classic totalitarian icons both real and fictional, including Nazi Germany and George Orwell's 1984. Nazi Germany and the Third Reich are the common English names for Germany under the regime of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950 who used the Pseudonym George Orwell, was an English writer Nineteen Eighty-Four (also titled 1984) by George Orwell (the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair) is a 1949 English Novel  For example, Adam Sutler (whose name evokes that of Adolf Hitler) primarily appears on large video screens and on portraits in people's homes, reminiscent of Big Brother. Hi and welcome to Wikipedia! Please understand that this article is frequently vandalized and vandalism is reverted immediately Big Brother is a Fictional character in George Orwell 's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, the In another reference to Orwell's novel, the slogan "Strength through Unity. Unity through Faith" is displayed prominently across London, similar in cadence to "War is peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength" in Orwell's Oceania. The Ministry of Truth (or Minitrue, in Newspeak) is one of the four ministries that govern Oceania in George Orwell 's novel  There is also the state's use of mass surveillance, such as closed-circuit television, on its citizens. Mass surveillance is the pervasive Surveillance of an entire population or a substantial fraction thereof Closed-circuit television ( CCTV) is the use of Video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place limited set of monitors (Britain currently has the world's highest concentration of CCTV. ) Valerie was sent to a detention facility for being a lesbian and then had medical experiments performed on her, similar to Nazi Germany's treatment of gay men during the Holocaust. After World War I, in the period known as the Weimar Republic, gay men in Germany, especially in Berlin, enjoyed more freedom and acceptance  (Lesbians were not legislated against in the Reich). Norsefire has replaced St George's Cross with the Cross of Lorraine as their Nordic-style national symbol. The St George's Cross (or the Cross of St George is a centred red cross on a white background This article is about a symbol For the film see The Cross of Lorraine. This was a symbol used by Free French Forces during World War II, as it was a traditional symbol of French patriotism that could be used as an answer to the Nazis' Swastika. The Free French Forces (Forces Françaises Libres FFL) were French fighters in World War II who decided to continue fighting against Axis forces The swastika (from Sanskrit: svástika sa स्वस्तिक Hindu IS CORRECT if 'ि' is positioned incorrectly see -->) is The media are also portrayed as highly subservient to government propaganda, a characteristic of totalitarian regimes in general.
We felt the novel was very prescient to how the political climate is at the moment. It really showed what can happen when society is ruled by government, rather than the government being run as a voice of the people. I don't think it’s such a big leap to say that things like that can happen when leaders stop listening to the people.
– Director James McTeigue
With the intention of modernizing the film, the filmmakers added topical references relevant to a 2006 audience. According to the Los Angeles Times, "With a wealth of new, real-life parallels to draw from in the areas of government surveillance, torture, fear-mongering and media manipulation, not to mention corporate corruption and religious hypocrisy, you can't really blame the filmmakers for having a field day referencing current events. The Los Angeles Times (also known as the LA Times) is a daily Newspaper published in Los Angeles California and distributed Fear mongering (or scaremongering) is the use of Fear to leverage the opinions and actions of others towards some end Media manipulation is an aspect of Public relations in which partisans create an image or argument that favours their particular interests In Criminology, corporate crime refers to crimes committed either by a Corporation (i " There are also references to an avian flu pandemic, as well as pervasive use of biometric identification and signal-intelligence gathering and analysis by the regime. Human and bird cases 1959-1997 A highly pathogenic strain of H5N1 caused Flu outbreaks with significant spread to numerous farms Biometrics ( ancient Greek: bios life metron measure refers to two very different fields of study and application ECHELON is a name used in global media and in popular culture to describe a Signals intelligence (SIGINT collection and analysis network operated on behalf of the five signatory 
Many film critics, political commentators and other members of the media have also noted the numerous references in the film to events surrounding the current American administration. The Presidency of George W Bush began on his inauguration on January 20, 2001 as the 43rd and current President of the United States of America These include the "black bags" worn by the prisoners in Larkhill that have been seen as a reference to the black bags worn by prisoners at Abu Ghraib in Iraq and in U. Beginning in 2004 accounts of Abuse, Torture, Sodomy and Homicide of Prisoners held in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq The Abu Ghraib prison (سجن أبو غريب also Abu Ghurayb is in Abu Ghraib, an Iraqi city 32 km (20 mi west of Baghdad. S. -administered Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, though the pre-Matrix draft of the screenplay also contains this reference to black bags. The Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp is a controversial United States Detention center operated by Joint Task Force Guantanamo since 2002 in Guantanamo  Also London is under a yellow-coded curfew alert, similar to the US Government's colour-coded Homeland Security Advisory System.  One of the forbidden items in Gordon's secret basement is a protest poster with a mixed U. S. –UK flag with a swastika and the title "Coalition of the Willing, To Power" which combines the "Coalition of the Willing" with Friedrich Nietzsche's concept of Will to Power. The swastika (from Sanskrit: svástika sa स्वस्तिक Hindu IS CORRECT if 'ि' is positioned incorrectly see -->) is Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF-I, is a military command, led by the United States that is fighting the Iraq War against Iraqi insurgents or resistants Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15 1844 August 25 1900 ( was a nineteenth-century German philosopher and classical philologist  As well, there is use of the term "rendition" in the film, in reference to the way the regime removes undesirables from society.  There is even a brief scene (during the Valerie flashback) that contains real-life footage of an anti-Iraq war demonstration, with mention of President George W. Bush. George Walker Bush ( born July 6 1946 is the forty-third and current President of the United States. Finally, the film contains references to "America's war" and "the war America started" as well as real footage from the Iraq War. The Iraq War, also known as the Second Gulf War, the Occupation of Iraq, or the War in Iraq, is an ongoing Military campaign
Despite the American specific references, the filmmakers have always referred to the film as adding dialogue to a set of issues much broader than the U. S. administration.  When James McTeigue was asked whether or not BTN was based on Fox News McTeigue replied, "Yes. Critics and some observers of the Fox News Channel have accused Fox News of political bias towards the political right, a charge Fox News has publicly denied But not just Fox. Everyone is complicit in this kind of stuff. It could just as well been the Britain's Sky News Channel, also a part of News Corp. Sky News is a rolling TV news channel providing 24 hour news coverage including the latest breaking news News Corporation (often abbreviated to News Corp) (,,) is one of the world's largest media conglomerate companies by Market capitalisation "
Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant and vanished. Vox populi, a Latin phrase that literally means voice of the people, is a term often used in Broadcasting for Interviews of members However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition! The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.
– V's introduction to Evey
Similar to the graphic novel, there is repeated reference to the letter "V" and the number five throughout the film ("V" is the roman numeral for "5"). Roman numerals are a Numeral system originating in ancient Rome, adapted from Etruscan numerals.  For example, V's introduction to Evey is a monologue containing 49 words beginning with the letter "V" (50 V's including the one he draws on the wall, and 53 V's in the entire monologue, with V and the V on the wall making 55). V also finds it appropriate that this person that he has just met is named Evey, which could be interpreted as E-V, with E being the fifth letter of the alphabet and V the fifth from last. With implicit and explicit references to Guy Fawkes Day, "V" echoes the fifth of November 1605. Guy Fawkes ( 13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606) sometimes known as Guido Fawkes, was a member of a group of English During his imprisonment at Larkhill, V was held in cell number "V". V's Zorro-like signature is also the letter "V". Zorro (originally called Señor Zorro) is a Fictional character created in 1919 by pulp writer Johnston McCulley. Before the destruction of the Old Bailey, the bell which is ringing out, presumably Big Ben, tolls 5 times before the music intervenes and the explosion commences. During said explosion involving the Old Bailey, the fireworks form a red V configuration, completed by a circular firework, thus resembling not only V but the V for Vendetta logo. During his broadcast on the BTN, the red lights shining on the backdrop are angled to form a "V". It is revealed that V's personal motto is "By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe", which according to the film translates into the 4 "V"ed Latin phrase: "Vi Veri universum Vivus Vici". Latin ( lingua Latīna, laˈtiːna is an Italic language, historically spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome. Vi veri universum vivus vici is a Latin phrase meaning "By the power of truth I while living have conquered the universe However the ancient Romans wrote the letter 'U' as 'V'. Therefore, if his motto is written as the Romans would have done, all 5 words start with V. In a dance with Evey, the song V chooses is number five on his jukebox (although every song in his jukebox is number 5). When V confronts Creedy in his home, he plays Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, whose opening notes have a rhythmic pattern that resembles the letter "V" in Morse code(···–). Ludwig van Beethoven ( English ˈlʊdvɪg væn ˈbeɪtoʊvən, 16 December 1770 &ndash 26 March 1827 was a German Composer and Pianist. Ludwig van Beethoven 's Symphony No 5 in C minor Op 67 was written in 1804–08 Morse code is a Character encoding for transmitting telegraphic information using standardized sequences of short and long elements to represent the letters numerals  The film’s title itself is a reference to "V for Victory", the fifth symphony and the painting over Nazi posters with the V (as happens with Norsefire posters in the film) were both part of the Campaign. The V sign is a hand Gesture in which the first and second fingers are raised and parted whilst the remaining fingers are clenched As V waits for night to fall, he arranges a complex domino pattern in black and red which forms the V logo. In the battle with Creedy and his men at Victoria station, V forms a "V" with his daggers just before he throws them. London Victoria is a major London Underground, National Rail and Coach station in the City of Westminster. As they fly through the air, they form the letter "V" five times before hitting their targets, who are standing in a "V" formation. After the battle, when V is mortally wounded, he leaves a "V" signature in his own blood. After V battles Creedy the clock stands at 11:05 forming a "V", another Guy Fawkes reference given that the 11th month is November (the only month with a V in its name), and the 5 obviously being the fifth day. Events in November All Saints' Day (formerly All Hallows Day a Christian holy day is celebrated on November 1, the day after Halloween On the 5th of November, Evey is wearing a v-necked sweater. The destruction of Parliament results in a display of fireworks which form the letter "V", which is also an inverted red-on-black circle-a, representing anarchy. While anarchists have historically largely denied the importance of Symbols to political movement anarchists have embraced certain symbols for their cause  Additionally, the movie presents two plots; broadly speaking, that of V's past and the rise of Norsefire versus his "current" plot to blow up the Parliament building. Over the course of the film, these two elements begin to converge as the plot forms a sort of "V".
As of December 2006 V for Vendetta had grossed (USD) $70,511,035 in the United States and $62,000,000 elsewhere, for a worldwide gross of $132,511,035. The United States dollar ( sign: $; code: USD) is the unit of Currency of the United States; it has also been The film led the United States box office on its opening day, taking in an estimated $8,742,504 and remained the number one film for the remainder of the weekend, taking in an estimated $25,642,340. Its closest rival, Failure to Launch, took in $15,604,892. Failure to Launch is a 2006 American Romantic comedy Film. It is a loose remake of the French film Tanguy  The film debuted at number one in the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden and Taiwan. The Philippines ( Filipino: Pilipinas, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines (fil ''Republika ng Pilipinas'' RP Singapore South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea and often referred to as Korea ( Korean: 대한민국 tɛː "Sverige" redirects here For other uses see Sweden (disambiguation and Sverige (disambiguation. Taiwan ( Taiwanese: Tâi-oân/Tāi-oân (historically 大灣/台員/大員/台圓/大圓/台窩灣 is an Island in East Asia.  Despite taking place in the UK, the film did not reach number one at the UK box office on opening weekend; instead, The Pink Panther took the number one spot. The Pink Panther is a Comedy Film released in 2006. It is an adaptation of the similarly titled film series V for Vendetta also opened in 56 IMAX theaters in North America, grossing $1. IMAX (short for Image MAXimum is a Film format created by Canada 's IMAX Corporation that has the capacity to display images of far greater size and 36 million during the opening three days. 
The critical reception of the film was fairly positive, with Rotten Tomatoes giving the film a 72% Fresh approval. Rotten Tomatoes is a Website devoted to reviews information and news of Movies.  Ebert and Roeper gave the film a "two thumbs up" rating. Roger Ebert stated that V for Vendetta "almost always has something going on that is actually interesting, inviting us to decode the character and plot and apply the message where we will". Roger Joseph Ebert (iːbɝt born June 18, 1942) is an American film critic and Screenwriter. Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton from At the Movies state that despite the problem of never seeing Hugo's face, there was good acting and an interesting plot, adding that the film is also disturbing, with scenes reminiscent of Nazi Germany. Margaret Pomeranz, AM, is an Australian Film critic and Television personality David Stratton (born 10 September 1939 in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England) is an Australian Film critic and At the Movies is an ABC1 program hosted by Film critics Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton, in which they discuss the films opening  Jonathan Ross from the BBC blasted the film, calling it a "woeful, depressing failure" and stating that the "cast of notable and familiar talents such as John Hurt and Stephen Rea stand little chance amid the wreckage of the Wachowski siblings' dismal script and its particularly poor dialogue. Jonathan Stephen Ross OBE (born 17 November 1960 in London, England) is a triple BAFTA -winning British " Sean Burns of Philadelphia Weekly gives the film a 'D', criticising the films treatment of its political message as being "fairly dim, adolescent stuff," as well as expressing dislike for the "barely decorated sets with television-standard overlit shadow-free cinematography by the late Adrian Biddle. Philadelphia Weekly (PW, is an award-winning alternative newspaper in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, published every Wednesday The film is a visual insult. " On Alan Moore removing his name from the project, Burns says "it's not hard to see why," as well as criticising Portman's performance: "Portman still seems to believe that standing around with your mouth hanging open constitutes a performance. " Harry Guerin from the Irish TV network RTÉ states the film "works as a political thriller, adventure and social commentary and it deserves to be seen by audiences who would otherwise avoid any/all of the three". He added that the film will become "a cult favourite whose reputation will only be enhanced with age. " V for Vendetta received few awards, although at the 2007 Saturn Awards Natalie Portman won the Best Actress award. The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in Science fiction, Fantasy 
The film was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form in 2007. The Hugo Awards are given annually by members of the World Science Fiction Convention for the best science fiction or fantasy works
V for Vendetta deals with issues of race, sexuality, religion, totalitarianism, and terrorism. The term race or racial group usually refers to the concept of categorizing Humans into Populations or groups on the basis of various sets Generally speaking human sexuality is how people experience and express themselves as sexual beings A religion is a set of Tenets and practices often centered upon specific Supernatural and moral claims about Reality, the Cosmos Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a concept used to describe Political systems where a State regulates nearly every aspect of public and private Terrorism is the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion Its controversial story line and themes have, inevitably, made it the target of both criticism and praise from sociopolitical groups. Politics Politics is the process by which groups of people make decisions
Several anarchist groups have rejected the film, while others have used it as a means to promote anarchism as a political philosophy. Anarchism is a Political philosophy encompassing theories and attitudes which support the elimination of all compulsory Government, i On April 17, 2006 the New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists (NYMAA) protested DC Comics and Time Warner, accusing it of watering down the story’s original message in favour of violence and special effects. Events 69 - After the First Battle of Bedriacum, Vitellius becomes Roman Emperor. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. The New York Metro Alliance of Anarchists ( NYMAA) is an organization of anarchists without adjectives founded in March 2006 by over 50 Anarchists, DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company Time Warner Inc ( is the world's largest media and entertainment conglomerate, headquartered in New York City.  David Graeber, an anarchist scholar and former professor at Yale University, was not upset by the film. David Rolfe Graeber (born 12 February 1961 is an American Anthropologist and Anarchist. "I thought the message of anarchy got out in spite of Hollywood. " However, Graeber went on to state: "Anarchy is about creating communities and democratic decision making. That’s what is absent from Hollywood’s interpretation. "
Despite the lack of acceptance by some anarchists, the film has brought renewed interest to Alan Moore's original story, as sales of the original graphic novel rose dramatically in the United States.  According to Publishers Weekly, by end of the March 2006 V for Vendetta was the number one graphic novel and number four fiction trade paperback at Barnes & Noble and was the number one graphic novel and the number three book on the overall bestseller list at Amazon.com. Publishers Weekly, aka PW, is an American weekly trade News magazine targeted at Publishers Librarians Barnes & Noble Inc is the largest book retailer in the United States, operating mainly through its Barnes & Noble Booksellers chain of Bookstores Amazoncom Inc ( is an American electronic commerce ( E-commerce) company in Seattle Washington. 
Several libertarians, including members from the Mises Institute's LewRockwell.com, see the film as a positive depiction in favour of a free society with limited government and free enterprise. Libertarianism is a term used by a broad spectrum of political philosophies which prioritize individual Liberty and seek to minimize or even abolish the The Ludwig von Mises Institute ( LvMI) based in Auburn Alabama, is a Libertarian academic organization engaged in research and scholarship in the fields LewRockwellcom (LRC is a widely read 501(c(4 Anarcho-capitalist and Paleolibertarian web magazine operated by Burton Blumert (publisher They cite the state's terrorism as being of greater evil and rationalized by its political machinery, while V's acts are seen as "terroristic" because they are done by a single individual. State terrorism refers to acts of Terrorism conducted by governments  Justin Raimondo, the libertarian editor of Antiwar.com, praised the film for its sociopolitical self-awareness and saw the film's success as "helping to fight the cultural rot that the War Party feeds on". Justin Raimondo (born Dennis Raimondo on November 18, 1951) is a Paleoconservative / libertarian American Author Antiwarcom is an English-language Website containing News and Opinion pieces related to Wars throughout the world from a Libertarian Self-awareness is the concept that one exists as an individual separate from other people with private Thoughts. 
In the United States, several conservative Christian groups were critical of the film's portrayal of Christianity and sympathetic portrayal of homosexuality and Islam. The Christian right is a term used predominantly in the United States to describe a spectrum of right-wing Christian political and social movements and Christianity ( Greek Χριστιανισμός from the word Xριστός ( Christ)is a monotheistic Religion centered on the life and teachings For other meanings including people named 'Islam' see Islam (disambiguation. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission, called V for Vendetta "a vile, pro-terrorist piece of neo-Marxist, left-wing propaganda filled with radical sexual politics and nasty attacks on religion and Christianity". M Robert E Theodore Baehr (born 31 May 1946) is an American media critic and chairman of The Christian Film and Television Commission Neo-Marxism is a loose term for various Twentieth-century approaches that amend or extend Marxism and Marxist theory, usually by incorporating elements  Don Feder, a conservative columnist, has called V for Vendetta "the most explicitly anti-Christian movie to date" that "combines all of the celluloid left’s paranoid fantasies". Anti-christian sentiment is a negative Bias against Christians or the Religion of Christianity. The Hollywood Left is a pejorative term used to describe the politically active liberal or left-wing segment of the Hollywood  Film critic Richard Roeper dismissed these sentiments on the television show Ebert & Roeper saying that V's terrorist label is applied in the movie "by someone who's essentially Hitler, a dictator. Richard Roeper (born October 17, 1959) is a Columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and from September 2000 through August 2008 " Meanwhile, LGBT commentators have praised the film for its positive depiction of gays, with writer Michael Jensen calling the film "one of the most pro-gay ever". LGBT (also GLBT) is an initialism referring collectively to Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, and Transgender / transsexual Gay-friendly refers to places policies people or institutions that actively seek to create an environment friendly towards LGBT people 
David Walsh from the World Socialist Web Site criticizes V's actions as "antidemocratic" and cites the film as an example of "the bankruptcy of anarcho-terrorist ideology" stating that because the people have not played any part in the revolution, they will be unable to produce a "new, liberated society. David Walsh, born in New York City New York, is a Film critic and political writer for the World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site is the online news and information center of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI Propaganda of the deed (or propaganda by the deed, from the French propagande par le fait) is a Concept that promotes physical violence against "
The film's story was adapted from an Alan Moore comic originally published between 1982 and 1985 in the British comic anthology Warrior, and then reprinted and completed by DC. Warrior was a British anthology comic that ran for 26 issues between March 1982 and January 1985 These comics were later compiled into a graphic novel and published again in the United States under DC's Vertigo imprint and in the United Kingdom under Titan Books. Vertigo is an Imprint of the American Comic-book publisher DC Comics. Titan Publishing Group is an independently owned publishing company established in 1981
There are several fundamental differences between the film and the original source material. For example, Alan Moore's original story was created as a response to British Thatcherism in the early 80s and was set as a conflict between a fascist state and anarchism, whereas the film's story has been changed by the Wachowskis to fit a modern political context. Thatcherism is the system of political thought attributed to the governments of Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 Fascism is a totalitarian nationalist and corporatist ideology  Alan Moore charges that in doing so, the story has turned into an American-centric conflict between liberalism and neo-conservatism, and abandons the original anarchist-fascist themes. Liberalism in the United States is a broad political and philosophical mindset favoring individual Liberty, and opposing restrictions on liberty whether they come from Neoconservatism (or Neocon is a Right-wing political philosophy that emerged in the United States from the rejection of the Social liberalism, Moral relativism Moore states, "There wasn't a mention of anarchy as far as I could see. The fascism had been completely defanged. I mean, I think that any references to racial purity had been excised, whereas actually, fascists are quite big on racial purity. The racial policy of Nazi Germany refers to the policies and laws implemented by Nazi Germany, asserting the superiority of the so-called " Aryan race " and " Furthermore, in the original story, Moore attempted to maintain moral ambiguity, and not to portray the fascists as caricatures, but as realistic, rounded characters.  The time limitations of a film meant that the story had to omit or streamline some of the characters, details, and plotlines from the original story.  Chiefly, whereas the original graphic novel has the fascists elected legally and kept in power through the general apathy of the public, the film introduces the "St. Mary's virus," a biological weapon engineered and released by the Norsefire party as a means of clandestinely gaining control over their own country.
Many of the characters from the graphic novel underwent significant changes for the film. For example, V is characterized in the film as a romantic freedom fighter who shows concern over the loss of innocent life. However, in the graphic novel, he is portrayed as ruthless, willing to kill anyone who gets in his way. Evey Hammond's transformation as V's protégé is also much more drastic in the novel than in the film. At the beginning of the film, she is already a confident woman with a hint of rebellion in her, whereas in the graphic novel she starts off as an insecure, desperate young woman forced into prostitution. Prostitution is the act of performing Sexual activity in exchange for Money. V and Evey's relationship, strictly platonic in the original novel, develops romantically in the film, ending with mutual pledges of love. In the graphic novel's finale, she not only carries out V's plans as she does in the film, but also clearly takes on V's identity.  Whereas in the film Inspector Finch sympathizes with V, in the graphic novel he is determined to stop V and goes as far as taking LSD in order to enter into a criminal's state of mind.  Characters who were completely omitted from the film or had a significantly reduced role include Rose Almond, Alistair Harper, and Mrs. Heyer.
The graphic novel's main villains also underwent changes in the film adaptation. While the Chancellor within Moore's text is a brutal dictator, he is also a lonely, socially inept man who truly believes in fascism, and, in the end, wishes merely to be accepted and loved by his people. The film, however, presents none of these human qualities. Creedy, meanwhile, evolves from a relatively minor character in the graphic novel to one of the chief characters of the film adaptation; in the film, he is revealed to have been the brains behind the bioterror attack that Norsefire used to seize power. His personality is also somewhat revamped in the film; whereas he is a coarse, petty opportunist in the graphic novel, in the film he is an icy sociopath whom V calls "a man seemingly without a conscience, for whom the ends always justify the means. Sociopathy is a loosely-defined term that may be used to refer to Psychopathy Antisocial personality disorder Dissocial Conscience is a hypothesized Ability or faculty that distinguishes whether our actions are right or wrong Consequentialism refers to those moral theories which hold that the consequences of a particular action form the basis for any valid moral judgment about that action "
The setting and plot of the film were also changed from the original story. Whereas the film only mentions the United States' civil war and collapse, in the graphic novel, it is mentioned that a global nuclear war has destroyed much of the world outside of Britain. With a nuclear winter causing famine and massive flooding, there is a real fear that a collapse of the Norsefire government would lead to disaster. Nuclear winter is a term that describes the climatic effects of nuclear war. Whereas the film ends in a relatively peaceful overthrow, in the graphic novel there is a violent collapse of authority. Other differences include the computer system "Fate", which is completely missing from the film. (In the original story, Fate was a Big Brother-like computer which served as Norsefire's eyes and ears and also helped explain how V could see and hear the things he did) V's terrorist targets are also different in the graphic novel, as he destroys Parliament and the Old Bailey in the beginning, and destroys 10 Downing Street for the finale.
V for Vendetta was released on DVD in the US on August 1, 2006 in three formats: a single-disc wide-screen version, a single-disc full-screen version, and a two-disc wide-screen special edition. Events 30 BC - Octavian (later known as Augustus enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. A widescreen image is a film computer or television image with a wider and shorter aspect ratio than the standard Academy frame developed during the Classical The single disc versions contain a short (15:56) behind-the-scenes featurette titled "Freedom! Forever! Making V for Vendetta" and the film's theatrical trailer, whereas the two-disc special edition contains three additional documentaries, and several extra features for collectors. Featurette is a term used in the American film industry to designate a film whose length is approximately three quarters of a reel or about 20-44 minutes in running time - thus midway On the second disc of the special edition, a short Easter egg clip of Natalie Portman on Saturday Night Live can be viewed by selecting the picture of wings on the second page of the menu. A virtual Easter egg is an intentional Hidden message or feature in an object such as a movie, Book Saturday Night Live ( SNL) is a weekly late-night 90-minute American Sketch comedy / Variety show based in New York City The film has also been released on the HD DVD high definition format, which features a unique 'in-movie experience' created exclusively for the disc. not insert the publicly disclosed HD DVD key into this article for the time being High-definition (HD video generally refers to any video system of higher resolution than standard-definition (SD video most commonly at display resolutions of 1280×720 Warner Bros. later released the video on Blu-Ray, on May 20, 2008. Events 325 - The First Council of Nicaea &ndash the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church is held 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common
The Moore/Lloyd graphic novel was re-released as a hardback collection in October 2005 to tie into the film's release (originally November 5, 2005). (Moore was reportedly furious to notice that the true first printing was marred by a spelling mistake on the back cover, and unceremoniously disposed of his complimentary copies. )
A novelisation of the film was written by Steve Moore (although the two Moores are often linked, they are not related), based on the Wachowski Brothers' script and released in January, 2006. Alan Moore (born November 18 1953 in Northampton) is an English Writer most famous for his influential work in Comics, including the acclaimed David Lloyd (born 1950 is a British Comics artist best known as the Illustrator of the Graphic novel V for Vendetta, written by V for Vendetta is a ten-issue Comic book Vertigo is an Imprint of the American Comic-book publisher DC Comics. Steve Moore (born 11 June 1949 is a prolific British Comics writer
A behind-the-scenes book was written by Wachowski-collaborator Spencer Lamm (Lamm produced much of the content of TheMatrix.com; edited The Art of The Matrix and volumes of The Matrix comics, and is also involved in the Brothers' Burlyman Entertainment comics venture) and published in August, 2006. Steve Moore (born 11 June 1949 is a prolific British Comics writer The Matrix is a 1999 science fiction - martial arts - Action film written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski and BurlyMan Entertainment is a comic book company created by the Wachowski Brothers.
A soundtrack CD featuring music from the film was released by Astralwerks on Mar 21, 2006. Alongside Dario Marianelli's score are songs by Julie London, Cat Power and Antony & the Johnsons. Dario Marianelli (born May 25, 1963 in Pisa, Italy) is a Golden Globe -winning Academy Award -winning Composer of Julie London ( September 26, 1926 &ndash October 18, 2000) was an American singer and actress Cat Power is the stage name of American Singer/songwriter Charlyn "Chan" Marshall (born Charlyn Marie Marshall on 21 January Antony and the Johnsons is a Mercury Prize -winning music act from New York City. The final track (by Marianelli) - "Knives and Bullets (and Cannons Too)" - incorporates the pivotal piece of music from the film: Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote the Festival Overture "The Year 1812" in E major, Op
David J (of Bauhaus fame)'s 1983 'soundtrack' to the V for Vendetta comic was re-released to tie-into the film, on June 13, 2006. David J Haskins (b April 24, 1957, in Northampton, England) better known as David J, is a British Alternative rock ("House of Building" or "Building School" is the common term for the, a school in Germany that combined crafts and the fine arts and was famous V for Vendetta is a ten-issue Comic book Moore approached David J for help with setting "The Vicious Cabaret" (an episode of the comic which takes the form of a fully-scored musical piece) to music. J also wrote other musical pieces inspired by the comic series.
As well as promotional items created to publicise the film (which included a shoulder bag and bust of the Guy Fawkes - 'V' -mask), replicas of the mask and action figures were released. Figures (released by NECA) include a 12" action figure which speaks phrases from the film, a 12" resin statue and a 7" figure.
(Semi-) Official V costumes have been created for Halloween. Halloween, or Hallowe’en, is a Holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. These range from the 'full' costume (cape, hat, mask and dagger-belt) to various individual aspects - gloves, hat, mask, hair, daggers, etc. - which are available both separately and in combinations.
Anonymous protests which use the V For Vendetta masks. Project Chanology, also called Operation Chanology, In the video music from Cruise's Mission Impossible films plays in the background and Cruise makes
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Failure to Launch is a 2006 American Romantic comedy Film. It is a loose remake of the French film Tanguy This is a list of films which have placed number one at the weekend Box office in the United States during 2006. Events 1279 - A Mongolian victory in the Battle of Yamen ends the Song Dynasty in China. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Inside Man is a 2006 Crime - Drama Film directed by Spike Lee.